National Anesthesia Services' CRNA John Bordes Leaves for 5th Tour of Duty Fighting War on Terror in the Middle East

Jun 11, 2010, 09:00 ET from National Anesthesia Services, Inc.

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- National Anesthesia Services, Inc. said goodbye today to LTC John Bordes, U.S. Army.  John is also a CRNA who works for them as a locum tenens anesthesia provider in Florida.  John, 54, is being deployed to his 5th tour of duty in the Middle East and will serve in Afghanistan.

"I'm actually looking forward to meeting up with some doctors and other medical personnel that I served with in 2007," said John.  "You wouldn't believe the strong bonds of friendship you form when working together in a battle zone."

John is married to Kathrin and has 4 children.  He has served in the military since 1974, first in the Air Force, then in the National Guard and finally in the Army.  "I'm a military man," said John.  "My dad was in the military and my oldest son is looking at West Point."

John's children, a 20-year old daughter and 3 sons, ages 17, 13 and 10, are all proud of him and acknowledge that their dad is fighting to keep America safe.  "All I have to do is look at photos of 911 and I know why I am going back to Afghanistan-I do it so my kids won't have to," said John.

John's wife, Kathrin, is also supportive of his decision to go.  "My income will be cut by 65% when I'm in Afghanistan," said John.  "Without the support of Kathrin back home handling everything and keeping the kids together, I would not be able to do this."

The personal sacrifice is more than just the money.  The temperature in Afghanistan climbs up to 130 degrees during the day and John will be on duty 24/7. He expects a lot of action, taking care of civilians, including children, as well as members of the Afghan army and our own soldiers.

John is unable to say exactly where he will be located and what he will be doing, but one thing is for certain, he appreciates the fact that National Anesthesia Services has his back.  "They have been there for me when I needed them," said John.   "Working with National has been good for me and my family.  They are replacing me for now, and will find a position for me when I return."

John isn't thinking about his civilian career right now, he has turned his attention to a bigger mission. He is thinking of the young men and women he will lead when he arrives in Afghanistan.  He is thinking of the medevac missions he will be running and the Combat Surgical Hospital he will be setting up.

"We are all very proud of John," said National Anesthesia's president, Stephen Read.  "We wish him the best and will be there for him with employment opportunities when he returns from duty."

National Anesthesia Services is a premier anesthesiology staffing firm located in Beverly Hills, Michigan.  The company, founded in 1989, places CRNA's and Anesthesiologists at hospitals and surgery centers throughout the United States.

SOURCE National Anesthesia Services, Inc.